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Mall Apologizes for Asking Muslim Woman to Remove Niqab

The woman was asked to remove her head covering while in the mall.

CENTRAL NJ -- An apology was issued to a local Muslim woman who was told twice by security at a mall in New Jersey to remove her niqab, which covers her face from the public.

Troy Fischer, senior general manager with the , said the woman was approached by a security officer, who is an employee of IPC International, an outside vendor contracted by the mall for security.

"IPC International issued an apology to the shopper, provided additional training to the officer and committed themselves to expand their diversity efforts," he said.

According to an article on ABCLocal, Wakeelah Salaam, of Elizabeth, was approached by a security guard while shopping May 19 and told to remove her head covering, which covered all of her face except her eyes, and is worn for religious purposes.

Salaam was approached a second time by the same security guard very soon after, and told again to remove the covering, the article said.

The article said that Salaam spoke with police about the incident and then left the mall because she was uncomfortable with how she was being treated.

Fischer said he hopes they can move forward from the incident.

"Bridgewater Commons welcomes shoppers of all diversities and certainly hopes this shopper will return," Fischer said.

What do you think about this incident? Was the apology from the company enough?

chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I think your trying to confuse an issue of public safety with the 1st amendment....even though we have free speech.. it doesn't cover utterance that will endanger the public...the example most often cited is yelling "fire" at a theater...
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Lol!!! Hello- This is in the Middle East! We are in AMERICA!!!
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 02:53 AM
In the United States, the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees a person's right to freely practice the religion of his or her choice. For Muslims, this choice often includes a certain standard of modest dress and common religious clothing. Such a clearly-stated freedom may not be violated except for a greater public good. Some people insist that ID photographs, for the safety and protection of everyone, must show a person's complete head and face. They hold that all headcoverings of any type must be removed for the photo. However, several government agencies have made exceptions to this rule in the case of religious headwear. The U.S. State Department, for example, gives explicit guidelines for U.S. passport photographs: Can hats or religious headgear be worn for the photo?[bl] Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Also .... a far as the unspoken reasons illustrated in the vid... officials in the UK and the US are aware of this threat in the US as well... before 911 almost no one thought that an attack of that nature could have taken place... why do you think that terriost bombings are limited to the middle east..
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
???? OK, I have no idea what you're talking about now. Now you're mentioning free speech??
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I know you have no idea what I am talking about .. you approach this issue in a hyperbolic manor...I was illustrating that passports do indeed limit the veil....
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 03:01 AM
What about face veils? In a 2002-03 in Florida, a Muslim woman petitioned for the right to wear a face veil in a driver license photo, in accordance with her interpretation of the Islamic dress requirements. The Florida court denied her claim. The judge supported the DMV's opinion that if she wanted a driver license, a brief removal of her face veil for an identity photograph was not an unreasonable request and therefore did not violate her religious rights.
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Yelling "fire" in a theatre is not allowed under free speech because it does not show CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (unless there is a fire). How is this women's religious dressing showing clear and present danger?? Maybe to some racists who are ignorant to the muslim religion, but not to the majority. Again, she is protected by the 1st amendment to practice her religion freely.
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 03:03 AM
They have their own war down there. These women are fighting for their country, just like we were.
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
??? If only you knew the truth!
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 03:10 AM
How is this women's religious dressing showing clear and present danger? slinging insults such as racist do little to convince folk of your benevolent intentions and clearly indicate a lack of willingness to discuss an issue on a playing field that can be considered intellectual.... in the same way a helmet worn into a bank can conceal identity so can a veil...so .... it would be up to the people who own the business to decide what is possible threat level and not to those who read a story in a newspaper ...I don't think I have supported any regulation or rule that would not allow her to , "practice her religion freely." ... .only stated that i support rules that are designed for public safety and personalty feel that coverings of any kind when involving a face is a possibility for id concealment and all who enter public facilities should be treated equal.. from the gang banger .. motorcyclist ... or Muslim...equal treatment under the law should be the goal and not special considerations for people of faith
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 03:16 AM
You have NO idea what is going on in the middle east. If your family was being attacked, would you care who is doing the attacking, or would you just fight the attacker??
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 03:20 AM
PEACE and TOLERANCE for ALL of humanity-people deserve to be treated with respect regardless of race and religion. We all bleed and we all die. Every knows damn well that this is NOT a security issue.
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 03:20 AM
In this statement about me "You have NO idea what is going on in the middle east. If your family was being attacked, would you care who is doing the attacking, or would you just fight the attacker??" your making a lot of assumptions...I travel to the middle east quite often...but I think it is clear that you support those that would like laws to give them concealment powers ... perhaps so tht they could attack innocents.... now that is me supposing without really knowing you ... and as you can see it is a flawed argument....
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 03:23 AM
could you please provide your reasoning as to why "Every knows damn well that this is NOT a security issue" because for me .. it is!
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I am a war veteran who fought for freedom and am trying to keep it....just like my forefathers. America was founded on religious freedom and I will keep fighting for the rights of ALL Americans to keep their freedom.
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Well being a vet is one thing we share... 71 - 77 ..... and I think where we disagree is the reasoning for non concealment rules and the rights of the individual as opposed to the right to safety by the public...also in the manor we address this situation... mud slinging such as calling those who disagree with you "racist" belittles your POV and alienates the readers who may be on the fence as to which side to take on issues like this.. wouldn't it be better for all to be treated with the same regards...whether it pertains to posting on a public board or entering a public facility.
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Well, I'm sorry to hear that you are threatened by her appearance. This just shows that you have Islamophopia. To some women, they might feel threatened by a large man covered in tatoos. Others, gangster "looking" types. Let's stop the racial profiling. There's good and bad of all types out there. Who are we to say we are "threatened" by another race?
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Well, being a vet, I could understand the feelings that you had regarding muslims. For me, it was all a "brainwashing" tactic and the root is EVIL.
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 04:10 AM
i would doubt that you have any idea as to my feelings regarding Muslims but I do appreciate your offering to enplane as to why you regard all who disagree on matters of public safety as "racist"..... the truth of Mohamed as illustrated in the Koran does not indicate that women should be veiled but rather it is dictated by Sharia law and it is the interpretation of that law that we are discussing along with a need for public safety...
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I'm not here to win an audience, I'm here to protect the freedom which I fought for. You know that the "security" is not the issue. Or do you?? Maybe you don't know the bigger picture like I do...
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 04:15 AM
While I am assure you are not here to win an audience, slinging hate speech or insults will not protect the freedom which you fought for. I have not idea that "security" is not the issue and if you do I would welcome a discussion that would provide that information other than your armchair opinion... Maybe I don't know the bigger picture like you do... I merely came out in favor of rules designed to insure public safety
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 04:21 AM
We obviously don't seem to have common grounds. I for one will not give in to an idea that does not promote peace and equality for All human beings.
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 04:26 AM
absolutely .... it would seem on this we do have common grounds. I will support ideas that do promote peace and equality for All human beings and in my opinion treating all equally as to rules, laws and regulations in regards to public safety...where we don't have common ground is on the inability to allow others to voice their opinions and thoughts without being label with hate speech ....racism is an ugly characteristic of humanity and to further that kind of speech is not becoming of one who fought for the freedom to express oneself....
1BrianWorkman1 May 29, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Hoodies scare me at the Malls!
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Again, there is a misconception of the veiling of women. Go to this website: http://www.islamicfaq.org/veil/index.html The bottom line is she is an American and has a right under the 1st Amendment to wear it for her religious beliefs.
chinatwin88 May 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
again as I have said .. the Koren doesn't dictate veiling...in your own words some women choose to wear a veil ..... .and while true it is her right to wear one..no one questions that.. it is also justified that public safety sometimes mandates that faces be shown such in passports...and if a mall or any other place has a regulation or rule that no face coverings be worn, it is the obligation of those who use a facility to abide by the rules... also Peace .... I wondered how you know she is an American . as this fact wasn't mentioned in the article...even though it has no real bearing on the outcome but while your beating the civil rights drum indicating that she is American .. I just wondered how you know that...
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 08:35 PM
She had more than one articles mentioned about her, she IS an American, she was also mentioned in the news.
Peace2All May 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I think that you didn't read the article carefully. Click on the ABCLocal in the article.
chinatwin88 May 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM
thansk for the answer.. like I said ..,little bearing .. just wondered how you knew...

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